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A new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates that between March 2012 and April 2013, a total of 17,230 children–all under the age of six–have unintentionally been poisoned by the detergent pods. In addition to violent vomiting, children who consumed the detergent could experience respiratory distress. The outcome of the ingestion of the pods has varied with 7.5 percent experiencing what is described as a “moderate or major medical outcome.” In some cases the children even die.

The problem with these detergent pods is that to many children, the brightly colored detergent looks like candy.

This is not a new issue to safety advocates. In 2013 the American Cleaning Institute created a safety campaign focused on the matter. In addition the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requested that manufacturers of the products take steps to improve the packaging used.

It is always upsetting when a product injures a person. Most would likely agree that it is that much worse when the person who is hurt is a child. Depending on the circumstances a products liability lawsuit may be appropriate. To learn more about this it is a good idea to work with a lawyer.

Source: CNN, “Laundry detergent pods are ‘real risk’ to children,” Jen Christensen, Nov. 10, 2014

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